Federer had saved seven match points in a
five-set thriller with American battler Tennys Sandgren only
hours before but there was no such luck of a second successive
belter for the fans at Rod Laver Arena, with Djokovic at his
The floodlit match between Raonic, one of the tour's most vexing
servers, against one of its most brilliant returners had
promised, at the least, an intriguing clash of styles.
Yet, barring a third set lull for Djokovic as he struggled with
his contact lenses, it was a stroll for the second seeded Serb
who dismantled the Canadian's power game to book an eighth
semi-final at his Melbourne Park fortress.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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